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More controls in Dallas

08 March 2005, Published under Cement News

As Dallas-Fort Worth struggles to reduce its smog, the state could decide March 9 whether to require stricter controls on pollution from a Midlothian cement plant owned by Dallas-based Texas Industries Inc. Three commissioners who make up the board of the state’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hear TXI’s long-standing request to shut off some of its emission controls during the part of the year that’s outside the so-called ozone season. The company says the control equipment ...

Castle Cement ordered to shut down kiln

07 March 2005, Published under Cement News

Environment Agency bosses last night said a notice had been served on a cement factory for breaching dioxin emission limits at its North Wales site.  The enforcement notice was served by Environment Agency Wales on Castle Cement"s Padeswood works, near Buckley.  Limits are set as part of the agency"s permit for the installation under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations.  The notice forces the company to close down Kiln 3 until they can prove it can operate within the set limits....

Making money out of Kyoto

01 March 2005, Published under Cement News

The newest business model in town is simple: reduce greenhouse gases and get paid for it. Thanks to the Kyoto Protocol that came into effect this month,  developing nations like India can get dollars, or euros, from developed countries by reducing pollution levels reports the Hindustan Times. Taking advantage of this are plenty of projects in an advanced stage including an energy efficient steel plant, a biomass power plant in Alwar, a municipal solid waste project in Lucknow, and a HFC p...

Lagan considers bonemeal fuel for cement plant

28 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Irish-based Lagan Cement, the republic’s third-biggest supplier of cement, is researching “alternative” methods of fuelling the furnaces at its controversial factory near Kinnegad in Co Meath. Jude Lagan, a director of the company, said last week that the incineration of meat and bonemeal (MBM) is one of the options being considered by the company.  “We are currently researching the use of alternative fuels and meat and bonemeal would be classed as an alternative fuel,” said Lagan. He refuse...

Cement industry achieves climate change target

22 February 2005, Published under Cement News

The British Cement Association (BCA) announced that all four UK cement manufacturers and the sector as a whole have achieved their targets under the Climate Change Levy Agreements for 2004. Three years after the start of the Climate Change Agreements, the sector has achieved an improvement in specific energy consumption of 21.2 % relative to the base year position. The cement industry is well on track to hit its umbrella agreement target of a 26.8% reduction by 2010. The four UK cement m...

CCL says new cement is cheaper, more environmentally friendly

18 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Carib Cement has begun production of a newly formulated cement, that the firm says is stronger, more environment friendly, and cheaper to produce than the conventional alternative, and that the new product represents the first phase in the long-term transformation of the company. The product called Carib Cement Plus, was formally unveiled on Wednesday, though it has been in production, and on the market for a few weeks. The company’s general manager, Anthony Haynes, told journalists and m...

Larger kiln approved at cement plant

17 February 2005, Published under Cement News

A special use permit was granted Monday for Florida Crushed Stone to build a larger state-of-the art cement kiln at their plant off U.S. 98 in Brooksville. The company will use the kiln to produce more cement during the current international cement shortage. The permit was granted during a 4 to 1 vote of the the county’s planning and zoning commission. It does not have to go to county commissioners for final approval as do rezoning matters. The vote came despite Commissioner Al.Sevier’s o...

India’s north east under attack

15 February 2005, Published under Cement News

India’s North Eastern Council (NEC), in its magazine called, New Hopes, New Opportunities, has a section on industry. This chapter, with the name Limestone and Coal: Untapped Resources So Far, says that eight industries have been subjected to an Analytical Hierarchy Process in order to select those industries for which regional development would be suitable. Analytical Hierarchy Process is a multi-criteria decision-making technique by which hierarchy of various alternatives is determined. Th...

Workers offered tests for toxic gas

14 February 2005, Published under Cement News

Holcim operating out of Port Nelson, New Zealand is offering its workers blood testing for methyl bromide gas following publicity about possible links with motor neurone disease.  This follows similar moves by a Nelson stevedoring firm late last year.  Holcim Cement general manager Jeremy Smith said blood testing had always been available but management was now reminding workers about it as a safety precaution.  The company had requested a meeting with Port Nelson officials and other sta...

India may be under pressure to cut emissions post-Kyoto

14 February 2005, Published under Cement News

The world’s second-most populous nation, whose economy has been growing at a frenetic pace, creating a huge middle class, and spiralling demand for electricity and factories to feed export growth is creating a huge emission problem. As fuel imports grow and demand for cars surges, analysts say the country is likely to face pressure to join rich nations in their efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Kyoto climate change protocol that comes into force on Feb. 16.  "There ...